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Louisiana’s Education Crisis (1986)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1986-10-03

Duration: 00:08:36

Subjects: Education


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Roedts, Lynda Reporter
  • Everhart, Karen Interviewee
  • Lathan, Joy Interviewee
  • Dunn, Mary Interviewee
  • McElroy, Madeline Interviewee
  • Landry, Claire Interviewee
  • Skelton, Fred Speaker
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Clausen, Tom Interviewee
  • Meza, James Interviewee
  • Williams, Shirley Interviewee


This segment from the October 3, 1986, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Lynda Roedts’ report on Louisiana’s education crisis due to state budget cuts, low literacy rates, and low college testing scores. Her report includes interviews with: Karen Everhart, a vo-tech teacher who was recently laid off; Joy Lathan, Mary Dunn, and Madeline McElroy, vo-tech students; Dr. Claire Landry, president of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE); Louisiana Superintendent of Education Tom Clausen; Dr. James Meza, executive director of BESE; and Shirley Williams, the president of the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE). Roedts’ report also includes highlights of the speeches by Fred Skelton, president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers (LFT), and Governor Edwin Edwards at a teacher rally held on the steps of the state capitol in August. Host: Rob Hinton